and Acting Secretary
Laura Lee Bunosso
Det. LuBelia DeBrum
Dr. Beth Smith
Meetings place the third Wednesday of every month (September-June) 7:45 a.m. at Perry Hill School.
The Shelton Youth Service Bureau was established in 1988 by the City of Shelton to coordinate, plan and develop services for the youth of Shelton and their families. Located in Shelton High School, the Bureau works cooperatively with school personnel, police, community resources, youth and parents to provide educational programs and recreational activities that promote positive youth development and strengthen family ties.
Our staff members address youth issues and concerns through life skills education classes, conflict mediation training, awareness campaigns and promotion of peer advocacy throughout the year.
Trained members of the Peer Advocate group have appeared in two videos aired nationwide that target youth and give a clear message against substance abuse. As part of the Youth Service Bureau the Community Alert Program was designated as the Drug and Alcohol prevention program for the City of Shelton and continues to provide prevention education programs for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade. In the spring of 2004 the Youth Service Bureau was awarded a $100,000 grant funded by the State of Connecticut to establish a program to address underage drinking.
The Shelton Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking was formed and at the end of the two and half year grant period the coalition was renamed The Shelton Coalition to Stop Underage Drug and Alcohol Use. The coalition continues to be active.
In a collaborative effort with the Shelton Police Department, the Youth Service Bureau is responsible for overseeing the Juvenile Review Board that offers youth – under the age of 16 an opportunity to be diverted from the juvenile justice system. The Youth Service Bureau has also partnered with the Shelton Fire Department providing a Juvenile Firesetters Program for youth that have been involved in starting fires.
The Shelton Youth Service Bureau is not part of the Board of Education. The Youth Service Bureau is a City agency, funded by the City, State Department and various private funding sources.